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the reason the not exposed. also will the olympics go on as planned. why those gold medal dreams just became more distant. it just didn't really feel right, you know? social distancing and sheltering in place is the right call. >> tonight bay area olympian nathan adrian weighs in and explains why he is relieved by the decision. thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. >> i'm raj mathai. they are protecting us, but who is protecting them? the shortage of medical supplies reaching a boiling point at kaiser. cheryl, really a employees. what's being done here? >> reporter: that's right, raj. every day there are different numbers and different needs when it comes to trying to flatten the curve in this pandemic. many of the worried nurses work here at this kaiser at walnut
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creek. they are concerned about their health, and tonight the governor is listening. tonight nurses here at kaiser hospital in walnut creek are on the front line of treating people who may be infected with covid-19. late this afternoon, they held a protest in front of the hospital to let people know they don't feel protected. >> we ask for ten masks, and we might only get two. we are being given wrong information, though, a lot of the time or the wrong equipment. >> reporter: a kaiser spokesperson, in a prepared video release, says the hospital is concerned about nurses' safety during this pandemic. >> to suggest that we are notno aware of the stress being felt on both sides during crisis. >> we need 200 million, 200 million sets. that includes gowns, gloves, masks, and shields. >> reporter: that is, according to the governor, to address a hospital system alone over the course of a 90-day period.
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the governor is also asking for 1 billion sets of gloves. all of this as health care workers and first responders in contra costa county are getting tested for covid-19 at a drive-thru clinic. >> these are the people we need to get back to work and take care of our community if they are not infected. >> reporter: now, that drive-thru clinic will be in operation seven days a week until test kits run out. reporting live in walnut creek, i'm cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. >> cheryl, thank you. some scrambling today at laguna honda hospital in san francisco. two workers tested positive for covid-19. the hospital provides long-term care for seniors and the disabled. the public health director says no patients are showing any symptoms at this point. just in to the newsroom, a lockdown will be lifted in wuhan on april 8th. the easing of those restrictions comes because there have been no
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new infections reported as of last thursday in wuhan, china. you may remember back on january 23rd, china locked down wuhan, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus, and all of the surrounding areas. now, here in the bay area, the number of cases continues to climb. there are now nearly 900 cases. some of the notable ones we learned about today, another tsa wo worker tested positive. that makes five tsa officers out of san jose international. we're also seeing more first responders contracting the virus. three santa clara county sheriff deputies, two milpitas firefighters, and a vallejo police officer have all tested positive. we're also tracking cases in mendocino county this evening. so far tonight, only one case to report. and in the past few minutes, the number of cases in contra costa county jumped to 71. santa clara, though, continues to have the most cases, holding at 321 so far. late today, though, the county reported three more deaths,
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bringing the total deaths to 13. alameda county announced its first death today. we've been thinking about this a lot. what happens when our grocery stores need to shut down? tonight a san jose food maxx closed down for extensive cleaning. an employee who tested positive died. food maxx says the employee was infected by traveling so how vulnerable are the people who recently shopped there? ian cull is in san jose with the details. >> reporter: this food maxx is shut down for now after an employee died from covid-19. the store is getting a authorth cleaning out of an abundance of caution. that employee hasn't been in the store since march 6th, fellnnd customers or employees. >> i'm very surprised about that. i can't believe they're shut down. >> reporter: the store will reopen sometime this week. grocery store workers are on the front lines.
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they're essential employees so people can get food for their families. many grocers are spraying down carts to prevent the virus spread. some customers are only touching what they buy and cleaning the packaging when they get home. >> see how i'm holding this? apparently i forgot my gloves. when i get home, just wipe them down. >> if it's like on a container, then i'll put the sanitizer wipe if i it ill have some left. if not, you got to take your chances. >> reporter: health experts say produce should be rinsed with warm water. the virus can live on cardboard for a day and on plastic for two to three days. >> if you touch something, regardless if it's been cleaned down or not, you need to wash your hands before touching your mouth, your nose, or your eyes. >> reporter: doctors say masks should only be worn if you're sick, and in that case it's better to have someone go to the store for you, adding if you have gloves or masks, donate them to hospitals.
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in san jose, ian cull, next bay area news. >> all good information. thank you, ian. well, president trump now wants to get the economy back on track asap. his timetable for reopening businesses is weeks, not months. >> america will again and soon be open for business, very soon. a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting. >> that came from his daily briefing late today from the white house. now, the president also discussed the release of new drugs as of tomorrow in new york to help combat the virus. he adds fema is now distributing 8 million of those n95 masks as well as surgical masks across the country. and the president addressed xenophobia surrounding the virus. >> it's very important that we totally protect our asian-american community in the united states and all around the world. they're amazing people, and the spreading of the virus is not their fault in any way, shape, or form.
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>> for weeks, the president referred to covid-19 as the chinese virus. he didn't use that term today. an update now. what you're looking at, these real i.d.s. the deadline has been pushed back. no longer are we required to have those real i.d.s by october and no word yet on the new deadline. if you won't stay apart, he'll force the issue. upset by the lack of social distancing in state parks, the governor says he's going to help us all by shutting down parking lots, and he's not the only one. nbc bay area's jean elle is live in san francisco. jean, parks there will be seeing some changes too because mayor breed says she's not happy. >> reporter: a lot of elected officials say they're not happy. they say too many people headed out to their favorite park this weekend and were not practicing social distancing guidelines. so expect to see more of these in your favorite park, closed signs. >> when you're out there and you can't even find parking at a beach, it suggests you're not going to practice social
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distancing. >> reporter: governor gavin newsom says after a weekend of crowded state parks in the middle of a state at home public health order, he's closing state park parking lots. people who live near pacifica state beach say something had to be done. >> i agree with it. i mean like we live in town. we're lucky enough to come walk by the beach. we didn't have to get in our car, you know, and cross a bridge. >> reporter: stay at home signs are posted in pacifica. city leaders say they operate the parking lot and will discuss a possible closure tomorrow. over at gray whale cove, adam hoffman doesn't support the closures. >> people are coming to the beach to calm down, chill out, and i think we could be a little more mind of tful of the six fe rule, but in general i wish she would really reconsider. >> reporter: in san francisco where lots of people hea parks this weekend, some playgrounds are closed. the kids are minding the sign. >> we need somewhere to get that stress out. as lo
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>> reporter: mayor london breed says if behavior doesn't change, more closures are on the table. >> what i don't want to do is close our parks because i want people to have access to recreational support. but i want people to comply with the order. this is very, very serious. >> reporter: some are hoping the weather can help out. >> bring on the rain, get everyone inside. >> reporter: rain might help. now, if you're planning on heading out to a park, check for closures before you go. tonight marin, sonoma, and san mateo counties are all announcing closures as well. elected officials are urging you to go outside in your neighborhood and go for a walk. reporting live in san francisco, jean elle, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jean. in santa cruz, the sheriff says failing to comply with the stay at home order should lead to a misdemeanor citation or even an arrest. you can still go outside and exercise on the beach as long as you follow those social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet apart.
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olympic dreams are likely on hold. instead of tokyo 2020, it's looking more like tokyo 2021. dick pound of the international olympic committee telling the "usa today" that this summer's olympics are being postponed. tonight we talked to former cal swimming star and five-time olympic gold medalist nathan adrian. >> yeah. i mean i think that's the right decision. a postponement based off of all the current information that we have now seems like it's the right call. >> no official word from the ioc, but officials say they will announce the next steps in the next coming weeks. as for the athletes like nathan adrian, they've been stuck in limbo. training has been extremely difficult due to the social distancing and the shelter at home. >> we couldn't get in the weight room. you know, it was -- it was pretty hectic and honestly at this point seeing that the games are probably going to get
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postponed is -- it's a relief. >> disappointing but well said there by nathan adrian. for us here at nbc, obviously it's a big deal. nbc sports, the exclusive broadcast home of the olympics, issuing this statement tonight. quote, we are prepared to stand behind me decision made by the ioc, the japanese government, and the world health officials with whom they are working regarding the tokyo olympics. we are on till midnight. ahead, a coronavirus testing site opens up in the east bay. the one thing you'll need before getting in line. and it's not a doctor's note. the kids' school is closed, so can you take keim off work? i'm consumer investigator chris chmura. we'll have some answers next. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. i'll have details on some incoming rain and those colder temperatures in about seven minutes. tv just keeps getting better.
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new at 11:00, a message of hope written in lights. crew members aboard the carnival legend used the cabin lights to deliver the words "we will be back." do you see that there? you can see it there. the ship is docked in tampa, florida. last week carnival offered its cruise ships to be used as hospitals, floating hospitals. the cruise line said the ships could be mainly for non-coronavirus patients in order to free up space for shore-based hospitals. well, it is what a lot of people want, a covid-19 test. today hundreds showed up as a new testing site opened up in hayward. and while you do not need a doctor's note, you do need to have a fever. nbc bay area's marianne favro tells us how high and what happens when you get there. >> reporter: outside a hayward fire station, a line of cars stretched for blocks. people waiting to find out if they can be tested for covid-19. others stood in line. step one for everyone, getting their temperatures taken. that's when many learned they
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may not get a test today. >> if you do not have a temperature of 100.4 or greater, even though you might feel symptoms, you will not be tested today. >> reporter: a spoke said one goal of the center is to provide first responders and health care providers quicker answers. but a doctor was turned away because he had no fever. >> i was hoping to get tested because my partner was exposed to somebody who tested positive, and i'm also a physician. i work in san francisco taking care of the homeless. and, yeah, i wanted to make sure that i'm negative so that i don't get other people sick. >> reporter: most people who showed up wore masks and kept their distance from others. orlando de leon waited about two hours. >> i believe i should have got tested. i had a fever a couple days ago. >> reporter: he believes he should have been tested because he just returned from europe, has other symptoms, and has asthma. those with a favor made it to
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tent two where they received a free covid-19 based test. now they'll have to wait possibly 24 hours to find out if they have coronavirus. marianne favro, nbc bay area news. governor newsom and president trump continued to work together, publicly thanking each other for the support when it comes to the medical response, and that includes a federal medical center which is ready to open here in the bay area. it's right across the street from levi's stadium. you might recognize it. this is the santa clara convention center. today coordinators from federal, state, and bay area emergency organizations toured the facility. they're starting to convert it into a center for non-coronavirus and non-trauma patients. >> using federal resources, we would be bringing in the beds, the pharmaceutical needs, oxygen, stuff like that, things that we would need to care for 250 people. >> it could be critical for us.
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there's no timetable yet for the conversion. a lot of us are in the same situation. we're just struggling, juggling so much with our kids home from school. so the question is can you take a breather from your work so that you can get your kids sorted out and all ready at home? does your boss have to give you that time? >> yeah, at home, getting the school ready, getting the house ready, getting the groceries ready. there's a long list of things to do. we asked our consumer investigator chris chmura about the state law here. >> to help you determine whether you're allowed to take time off, we turned to the california department of industrial relations. and here's what it says. employees at worksites with 25 or more provided up to 40 hours of leave per year for specific school-related emergencies. that quote goes on to say, such as the closure of a child's school or day care by civil authorities, and that's exactly what so many of us are facing right now. so the other question, will you
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be paid if you exercise that option? the answer there is a bit trickier. the state says, whether your leave is paid or unpaid depends on the employer's paid leave, vacation, or other paid time off policies. the state then says, employers may require employees to use their vacation or paid time off benefits before they are allowed to take unpaid leave, but cannot mandate employees use paid sick leave. bottom line, check with your boss and h.r. department. you can also call your nearest labor commissioner. here are some of the phone numbers for all around the bay area. i called these. they do work. we're taking many consur questions about the virus. send yours to nbcbayarea.com. just click "responds" from the main menu. >> thank you very much, chris. >> we are going over that, jessica. we bring in our chief meteorologist, jeff ranieri. i know recess at my household is
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at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. how are we looking? >> it's going to be busy in the world of weather tomorrow. right around 11:00 when a lot of parents are trying to get their kids outside for some fresh air, we do have some rainfall that's coming our way. so, again, we're working from home. we have the same equipment i have back at the studio. we've transferred it all here so you can expect that same quality and accurate forecast coming your way. as we get a look right now, doppler radar and satellite, we did have a few spotty showers, very, very light tonight. really kind of intermittent. but what we're tracking is well off to the north. the main portion of the storm system is right now over seattle and portland. and as that begins to move to the south, as we head through the next 24 hours, this will begin to bring in some rain. so for tomorrow morning, i have introduced the chance of some scattered rain for the south bay, peninsula, and tri-valley, and temperatures in the 40s. north bay will be the coldest at 38. san francisco, 46. and the east bay at 42.
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so if you have to get out tomorrow morning, do expect the roadways will be wet and take the jacket, also the umbrella. 7:00 in the morning you'll see we're just beginning to get going with the best chances over the north bay. there we go, 11:30 in the morning, likely the most active with these areas of on again, off again rainfall moving in and a slight chance of thunderstorms. and as we head through the afternoon, we'll keep a chance of some spotty rain. temperatures, it will be cold and a big difference from what we've been used to. widespread 50s here from the north bay all the way down to san jose and morgan hill. my extended forecast looks like this. 0.05 of an inch to a quarter inch as we head through tuesday. also a chance of scattered rain and isolated thunderstorms on wednesday. for the inland valleys, check this out. by next monday, this will be day 14 inside for a lot of us with covid-19. we will see some warmer weather,
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and we'll be up to 74 degrees. we'll take a closer look at those rainfall totals and where we could see some of those highest numbers in about 25 minutes. and i'll also share some tips with some things that i've been going through. i know a lot of you have as well. i know it's just one big community here with all of us right now, so maybe there's something on my list that you haven't heard of and just kind of good to share around. so i'll see you guys in about 25 minutes. >> yeah, we have to share. >> thank you, jeff. we'll see you shortly. just ahead here at 11:00, major league baseball. we're going to talk about the olympics and baseball in terms of the various delays and postponements. we do have an update from the big league. stay with us. also happening now, a new police chief on tap. libby schaaf has appointed susan manheimer. she ser until schaaf hires a permanent chief, manheimer will replace former police chief anne kirkpatrick. pending a background check, she
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as we told you earlier, years of training and so many dreams of olympic gold now likely to be postponed. word came today that the 2020 games in tokyo may actually be the tokyo 2021 games, raunl. >> so disappointing. it's not just for us fans missing out but it's the athletes training for years to get to this. but we know the severity of what's happening. no official word yet from the ioc, but late today the usoc formally asked the ioc to postpone those games. most likely scenario, we're looking at july of 2021. what's happening with baseball? opening day for the a's and
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giants was supposed to be this week on thursday. well, today the president of the toronto blue jays says teams will likely need a month of training and exhibition games before they would be ready to start the regular season. major league baseball already postponed opening day to at least mid-may. all training facilities for the 30 teams are closed, and there is no time frame for when they would reopen. just like all of us, your favorite athletes trying to figure out the best ways to pastime. look at this, jessica. while everyone is sheltering at home, who is that? >> that's lebron. i need to do that workout with him from my house. >> then there's one of the members of the atlanta braves. this is him, freddie freeman with his 3-year-old son, and he hits a home run off his 3-year-old son. >> not fair. >> and this hockey star, p.k. subban with his olympic gold medalist girlfriend lindsey vaughn. we're back in a moment. stay with us.
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wuhan lockdown there in china will end on april 8th. that's roughly 2 1/2 months after it began. here at home, the lockdown remains in place. tonight there are new closures going into effect. this time we're talking about parks. governor newsom says he is going to help us keep our distance from one another because we're not doing it, by actually closing state parking lots. >> social distancing really just new to almost all of us so we're learning on the fly. let's bring in nbc bay area's jean elle in san francisco. the governor had some words, and the mayor of san francisco with her words a little more stern and serious today, jean. >> reporter: they're not kidding. they don't want us near each other. and this weekend elected officials say too many people headed out to their favorite park and did not practice social distancing. so we can all expect to see some more closed signs in our favorite parks. here in dolores park, just the play structure is closed

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